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SoundCheck: Sons of Hippies, Helios Jazz Orchestra and Americana Fest

, Pastor Troy

With DJ Big Hurt, Acafool, Wood

Details: 8 p.m. Saturday. Bourbon Street Nightclub, 4331 U.S. 19, New Port Richey. $20. (727) 843-0686.

Dirty South chant rap goes live from New Port Richey. Like crunk king Lil' Jon, Atlanta's Pastor Troy bounces, bobs, weaves, "whatttss," "yeaahhhs" and "uhhhs" his way through rowdy club rap.

Sons of Hippies CD release party

With Geri X, GreyMarket, Villanova Junction

Details: 9 p.m. Saturday. New World Brewery, 1313 E Eighth Ave., Ybor City. $7. (813) 248-4969.

Fresh, stimulating and slightly spooky, the psychedelic rock songs of aptly named Sons of Hippies echo out of North Port, a town once battered by Hurricane Charley. Katherine Kelly's graceful vocal somersaults are complemented by Jonas Canales' assorted percussion choices, including the Brazilian berimbau, an empty Warsteiner minikeg and boxes of Nerds and Milk Duds, to name a few. Recorded with hard-core band Pro-pain guitarist Tom Klimchuck, the album touches on everything from the apocalypse and false prophets to calls for action and responsibility. Love this one.

The Helios Jazz Orchestra

Details: 3 p.m. Sunday. Palladium Theater, 253 Fifth Ave. N, St. Petersburg. $10. (727) 822-3590.

The 20-piece Helios Jazz Orchestra performs swing, Latin and jazz with a fire inside. The group's members boast impressive resumes, too. Saxophonist Austin Vickrey recorded with Bootsy Collins. Trombonist Carl Brueitt backed up Ella Fitzgerald. And bandleader David Manson has performed with Burt Bacharach and Henry Mancini. On the slate for Sunday are standards including Gershwin's They Can't Take That Away From Me featuring vocalist Rita Wilson.

WMNF Americana Festival

Featuring Blue Mountain, Roppongi's Ace, Nine Volts, Matt Butcher, Mike Dunn and the Kings of New England, Black Finger, Nervous Turkey, Thomas Wynn and the Believers, Have Gun, Will Travel, Will Quinlan and the Diviners, Ted Lukas.

Details: 3 p.m. Saturday. Skipper's Smokehouse, 910 Skipper Road, Tampa. $12-$17. (813) 971-0666.

Wielding acoustics, upright basses, pedal steel, harmonicas and kitchen-sink creations, storytellers like Tampa's Roppongi's Ace show appreciation for vintage rock and country, but pepper their sets with never-pretentious modern flavors. Headliner Blue Mountain keeps the alt-country torch burning after helping pioneer the genre's mid '90s movement with acts like Uncle Tupelo and Whiskeytown.

Don Chambers

Details: 9 p.m. Friday. Garage Bar, 662 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. $6. (727) 896-2276.

Bleak, edgy and cynical, the music of singer-songwriter Don Chambers gives the impression he grew up on the tales of William Faulkner or Flannery O'Connor. Chambers' raggedy, Waits-esque voice, his taste for Southern gothic and his command of the banjo have received praises from the Drive-By Truckers' Patterson Hood and Rolling Stone, which called him "one of Athens' most underrated songwriters." E-mail Carole at

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